Muni Fiber and Politics
jason.iannone at gmail.com
Mon Jul 21 16:46:27 UTC 2014
There was a muni case in my neck of the woods a couple of years ago.
Comcast spent an order of magnitude more than the municipality but
Anyway, follow the money. "Blackburn’s largest career donors are ..
PACs affiliated with AT&T ... ($66,750) and Comcast ... ($36,600). ...
Blackburn has also taken $56,000 from the National Cable &
In other news, FIOS has gone symmetrical.
On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM, Jay Ashworth <jra at baylink.com> wrote:
> Over the last decade, 19 states have made it illegal for municipalities
> to own fiber networks -- encouraged largely, I am told, by Verizon and
> other cable companies/MSOs.
> Verizon, of course, isn't doing any new FiOS deployments, per a 2010
> press release.
> FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has been making noises lately that he wants the FCC
> to preempt the field on this topic, making such deployments legal.
> Congressional Republicans think that's a bad idea:
> [ and here's the backgrounder on the amendment:
> http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/blackburn-bill-would-block-fcc-preemption/132468 ]
> While I generally try to avoid bringing up topics on NANOG that are political;
> this one seems to be directly in our wheelhouse, and unavoidably political.
> My apologies in advance; let's all try to be grownups, shall we?
> -- jra
>  http://motherboard.vice.com/read/hundreds-of-cities-are-wired-with-fiberbut-telecom-lobbying-keeps-it-unused
>  https://secure.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Again-Confirms-FiOS-Expansion-is-Over-118949
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